It’s no secret that us Green Queen gals are fans of cooking at home. Many studies show that people who cook at home are healthier: they eat less processed food, are more in control of what goes on their plate and consume fewer calories overall. We are constantly encouraging our readers with our bevvy of recipes, further underlining the point. That being said, we are reasonable people and we understand that so many of us Hong-Kongers are strapped for time. After a long day at the office and a busy weekend at the gym and on the hiking trails, coming home to an empty fridge is a common occurrence for the people of this busy city, which is why we are thrilled to present the first in our series of reviews of healthy meal delivery plans peppering our city’s wellness landscape.
Nutrition Kitchen is a key player in this burgeoning space. The 6-month-old company offers client a one-stop-solution when it comes to healthy eating. The mission? Good food, balanced macros and affordable pricing. From 14 gym clients, they have grown ten times that in the short time they have been delivering, ample evidence that they have made good on their promise.
The Importance Of Meal Planning
Pete had been toiling with the idea for a healthy meal delivery service for a long while. The founding team are all longtime certified personal trainers who spend a great deal of time at gyms, where the importance of sensible nutrition as part of a fitness plan became obvious. They saw their PT clients excelling on the fitness front, giving every workout their all and then going home and eating rubbish food, thereby undermining their hard work. Even those who were committed to eating clean would get bored easily, losing motivation after a few weeks of eating the same dishes over and over and not having time to create unique, balanced menus day after day.
The Perfect Ingredients
But with no formal F&B training, Pete and the team felt it was important to find the right execution partner and to prepare the food professionally from the get-go so they teamed up with Swire Hotels. All of Nutrition Kitchen’s food is prepared in Swire kitchen by Swire cookstaff, with Pete providing the menus, recipes and macro nutrition profile. Partnering with Swire allows the young company to benefit on many levels. There are significant economies of scale on the supply chain front (all suppliers are vetted according to F&B industry standards). The Swire kitchens are equipped with everything they need for weighing and portioning the meals. Swire chefs also provide a certain level of gastronomic quality- for example the beef mince from house-roasted rump. The packaging is currently plastic but they are working hard on finding sustainable options in the near future.
Their Secret Sauce
Nutrition Kitchen was also committed to providing a meal delivery plan with a sustainable price point. They didn’t want to have to raise their prices down the line- nor did they want to price their clients out. Finding the right balance is key to their success. A 20 day plan of three meals a day with each meal coming in at around 500-550 calories will cost you HKD 5, 700, which averages to about HKD 285 a day- a sum many of us easily drop on Starbucks morning visits and Pret-A-Manger sandwiches. They also have 330 per meal calories plan that will run you HKD 207 a day.
Their delivery service record is impressive too. The food arrived at 8.30am on the dot every day and Pete shared with us that this is standard. They delivery daily between 6.30 am and 9.30am-no later. They have their own in-house delivery and logistics team in order to keep costs low and remain as efficient as possible. They currently cater to the entire northern line of Hong Kong island. They won’t expand to further locations until it makes sense for them to do so financially. And anyway, they deliver mostly to gyms (Ultimate Performance, Epic MMA and Coastal Fitness are all part of their daily route) and to office buildings. The majority of their clients are busy professionals who love working out.
Nutrition Kitchen’s Meals Plans
The company offers two caloric plans: regular (approx. 1, 650 calories per day) and low-carb (approx. 1, 000 calories a day) in 5-day, 10-day and 20-day terms. Both plans have the same breakfast dish (all are low-carb) but the low-carb plan replaces starches with extra green veggies for lunch and dinner. The protein and fat content stays the same- Nutrition Kitchen’s three-meals-a-day-plan are designed to contain 150 grams of protein and 45 grams of fat. The plans cover meals five days a week- they don’t deliver on weekends. Some clients get three meals a day, others only go for lunch and dinner only. Since they delivery daily, the food is freshly made that same day. In order to keep costs low, they don’t do a great deal of bespoke meal planning though they can accommodate gluten-free requests (almost none of their meals contain gluten) with substitutions.
So what’s on the menu? They have many different meal cycles-no repeats- with tantalising dishes like Sesame Crusted Tuna with Sauteed Asian Vegetables & Udon Noodles and Pistachio Crusted Sole with Asparagus, Cauliflower & Sweet Potato Mash or how about Green Papaya Salad with Chicken Salad & Rice Vermicelli Noodles. We loved our breakfasts too: Spinach, Mushroom & Ham Quiche and Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon, Asparagus & Goats Cheese (pictured). One thing’s for sure: you will never get bored. All of Nutrition Kitchen’s meals are delicious, and most importantly, filling (and we were on the low-carb plan)!
Contact Pete at firstname.lastname@example.org to get your macros in balance!